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Two girls in PNG handed over as compensation payment

A human rights lawyer in Papua New Guinea has condemned the decision by villagers in Jiwaka to give away two girls as part of a compensation payment.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the girls, aged 13 and 15, were handed over to people in the neighbouring village of Kui as part of a compensation package for the death of a teacher.

A Mt Hagen based lawyer, Danny Gonol, says the two girls were handed over for marriage and has called on the police to investigate the matter.

The assistant police commisoner in the highlands region, Teddy Tei, says he has instructed police in Jiwaka to investigate the matter immediately.



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